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There is a history of Republicans like Flake, who won’t speak out against the yahoos in their party until they’re out the door and it’s too late to do anything about them. I’m reminded of Paul O’Neill, W’s first Treasury Secretary, who waited until after the fact to reveal that the decision to attack Iraq had been made before 9/11.

There is nothing about trump today and the yahoos in the Republican Party today that wasn’t blindingly obvious last year. I’m 8 months older than Jeff Flake, and was raised in the Religious Right, so I know the time period of his political coming of age well. I don’t expect Flake to become a Democrat. I do expect him to be willing to make some kind of sacrifice before I’m willing to be all that grateful to him, though. If the Republicans who are oh so offended by trump and his supporters had been willing to take a stand earlier, maybe we wouldn’t be in this mess.


I'm with Sherri on this. Flake seems to be saying, "I'm finally quitting. It's not the iniquity; it's that he uses the wrong fork."

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